STEM Updates

September 2021

A Message from the Superintendent

STEM Family,

UTPB STEM Academy is focused and determined to making sure all students are on track academically in 2021-2022. We were all very hopeful this school year would be “business as normal” but have realized COVID is still impacting our community and our little school. Despite the challenges of COVID, UTPB STEM is committed to keeping our students, faculty and community safe as well as continuing to providing an exceptional learning environment for our students. In order to do this we are asking our STEM community to please keep students home when they are not feeling well or if the student has been exposed to someone who has COVID. The best way to keep the school healthy is to make sure the virus is not coming into the school.

Please click on the link below to view commonly asked questions about COVID and to view the BinazNOW Rapid Testing Consent Form, please take a few minutes to read over with your family.

Shannon Davidson


UT Permian Basin STEM Academy



UTPB STEM Academy is offering COVID-19 testing at no cost for students and staff who develop symptoms of COVID-19 while at school. This testing uses Abbott Laboratories BinaxNOW tests provided by the state and federal government. Students under 18 years of age must have written parent consent for testing to be completed. If you wish to give your consent for COVID-19 testing using the BinaxNOW test, please read and complete this form.

Upcoming Events

Click the link to view our STEM Academy Calendar online.


03 Secondary Letter Jacket informational meeting

06 Labor Day (Student/Staff Holiday)

07-10 Book Fair

08 Grandparent’s Day at the Book fair (K-2)

09 Grandparents Day at the Book Fair (3-5)

09 NHS September Meeting 7am

10 Secondary Herff Jones Order Day

13-17 Freedom Week

16 FOCA Middle School Cross Country Invitational

17 Hamburger Fundraiser

22 Snack Attack brought to you by PTO

24 Star Wars Social

24 First six-weeks ends

27 Second six-weeks begins

February 2022

04 Peace, Love, & STEM—Coliseum

March 2022

13-17 Washington DC Trip (6th-12th grade)

*All events are subject to cancellation or change


School-Issued Device Insurance

This year the STEM academy has chosen Worth Ave. Group to insure school-issued devices given to students. Insurance with Worth Ave. Group will protect the device against an assortment of damages. Some of the more common damages that have been reported to the STEM help desk system have been: devices not charging properly due to broken or damaged charging ports, broken/cracked screens, devices not powering on due to drops or liquid submersion.

Damages such as the ones previously mentioned typically require the purchase of a new device which can range from $250 (chromebooks) up to $400 (iPads). The annual cost of this optional coverage is $23.00 for students with school-issued chromebooks and $39.00 for students with school-issued iPads. There are no deductibles and this insurance policy provides full-replacement cost coverage if the device is non-repairable. The deadline to purchase coverage is September 26, 2021.

Click this link or the picture below to purchase insurance.


The STEM National Honor Society (NHS) welcomes all its chapter members back to school in the 2021-2022 schoolyear.

If your high school student(s), Sophomores through Seniors, is an active member of NHS they have been added to a Canvas Course titled "National Honor Society". If your child believes that they should be in that course and does not see it, they should contact the sponsor at The canvas course already contains two tasks that must be completed!

I am excited to announce three items this month:

  1. The members have elected their new officers for this school year (see the flyer attached)
  2. Our first NHS meeting with be Thursday September 9th at 7:00 am in Mr. McMillan's room. All meetings will be held in the morning for NHS, as many students leave for internships and career prep at the end of the day. For information have your child check their Canvas course.
  3. All communication will be delivered through the Canvas course and the Remind group (instructions for signing up are in the Canvas course). It is important that these students check their Canvas on a regular basis, as I do not see them on a regular basis, and this is the easiest way to get messages and information out the high schoolers.

As the sponsor of this amazing group of individuals, I look forward to the work we can accomplish this year for our school community, as well as the larger surrounding community.

If you come across great volunteer/community service opportunities, please send them to me at

Thank you,

Candi Sikes

*National Junior Honor Society, or NJHS, serves grades 7-9 and is sponsored by Mrs. Hutson.

Catered Lunch Options

Click below to order lunch for your students. Beginning next week, there will be lunch options Monday-Thursday! Go to our website under the Parent Resource tab to order!

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Elementary Updates

Dear Parents,

The school year is off to a great start! Although COVID -19 continues to be a challenge for us as well as all districts, I can assure you that learning at the highest level is occurring in our classrooms with engaging mini labs, high level questioning, and engaging discourse. With our model, we release at 2:15 pm on M-Th and noon on Fridays which makes it imperative that our students do their daily homework. Doing so will enhance and cement their learnings from the school day. Our first grading cycle ends September 24.

September 7 -10 is our annual PTO book fair. This year, we are once again inviting grandparents or a special adult to have lunch with their student and then visit the book fair.

The schedule is as follows:

September 8:

  • 10:50 - 11:20: Kinder
  • 11:25 - 11:55: 1st Grade
  • 12:00 - 12:30: 2nd Grade

September 9:

  • 10:50 - 11:20: 5th Grade
  • 11:25 - 11:55: 3rd Grade
  • 12:00 - 12:30: 4th Grade

We hope that you will be able to join us. Remember to reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions regarding assignments or the learning platform. Stay safe!

Best Regards,

Monica Elizondo, M.Ed.

Elementary Principal

The University of Texas Permian Basin STEM Academy

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

-William Butler Yeats

Office 432.552.2588

Fax 432.552.2581



Elementary Programs Cheat Sheet

Want to know more about Google Suite or any of the many programs used in elementary classes? Click the document below.

Secondary Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This school year is underway and our team at the secondary level have hit the ground running. There have been some changes with the new school year and we want to highlight those this month in the newsletter.

Our first item is a location change. The secondary office is now located at the Founders building. However, we want to make sure all our parents are reporting to the main office before coming over. The main office staff will help direct any questions that you may have. They could also save you a few steps! If you need to meet with me or the secondary staff you can call Mrs. Aguirre to set that time up. We will come by the main office to pick you up and make sure you get to the right location.

Our next big change is the addition of middle school student council, and grade level officers in grades 6-12th. We look forward to Middle School StuCo catering to the needs of grades 6-8. The grade level chair and vice chairs are designed to help support our student councils and represent the views of their grade levels. Below are our current officers and chairpersons. We are looking forward to a fantastic year. Congrats to our 2021-2022 Officers!

In Service to others,

Mr. Cody Griffin

Principal STEM Academy Middle/High School




DC Trip Information

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Click the documents below.

Secondary Programs Cheat Sheet

Want to know more about Google Suite or any of the many programs used in secondary classes? Click the document below.

Cross Country Schedule

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School Hours

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2021-2022 Grant Applications

Below are links to the grants for which STEM is applying.

Plans for Federal Funds


ESSER III (ARP) Community Feedback and Input Survey